Inspiring Solutions

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Inspiring Solutions


Inspiring Solutions is a new web feature that mirrors our mission: to be a catalyst for innovative solutions through respectful and impactful dialogue. We do this by bringing together the right people on timely and compelling topics and empowering them to find solutions that change society for the better. Inspiring Solutions is our way of expanding these dialogues outside the walls of Wingspread.

America today is at a crossroads. Our challenges are great. But, these challenges can be met. To do so, we must move beyond the acrimonious debate and partisan rancor that characterizes much of today’s national conversation. That’s where this new feature comes in - think of it as a small oasis in the desert of demagoguery.

Inspiring Solutions is a place where we can discuss difficult issues and tackle tough problems; but always with respect for one another and a resolve to find common ground that leads to real progress.

- Roger C. Dower, President of The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread


Modernizing New Jersey’s Urban Water Infrastructure


Most New Jersey cities have been underinvesting in their water infrastructure systems for decades – creating vulnerabilities that were exploited by Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey's oldest and all of its largest cities are relying on antiquated, aging water infrastructure that pollutes neighborhoods and rivers, and will ultimately pose a considerable barrier to economic prosperity and revitalization.

Simultaneously, a population shift is occurring, with people increasingly moving into the urban centers of the state. This presents an opportunity for cities to collaborate with public, private and nongovernmental partners on improving water infrastructure to meet this demand while also enhancing community resilience and spurring economic growth.


Given the challenges that New Jersey faces with aging infrastructure, socioeconomics and changing weather patterns, what do you see as the greatest opportunity to address New Jersey's urban water infrastructure challenges in a financially-constrained environment?


Creating a Model for Statewide, Nationwide Innovation


Lynn Broaddus

Director, Environment Program
The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread

In May 2014, a group of New Jersey leaders, including water utilities, environmental organizations, economic and ...
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Simply Compliance, or Opportunity?


Peter Kasabach
Executive Director
New Jersey Future


Chris Sturm
Senior Director of State Policy
New Jersey Future



New Jersey’s oldest cities face a generational challenge that could dramatically dictate how water and water infrastructure is dealt with throughout the state. By the end of 2014 ...
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Shared Investment in Urban Water Systems Will Lead to Clean Rivers and Stronger, More Vibrant Communities


Chris Daggett
President and CEO
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation


Margaret Waldock
Environment Program Director
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation



Stormwater can be our savior if we view New Jersey’s water infrastructure crisis as an opportunity to create the kinds of communities ...
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Creating a Voice for the Voiceless in a Changing Urban Climate


Deborah Kim Gaddy

New Jersey Environmental Justice Organizer
Clean Water Action & Clean Water Fund

New Jersey’s older cities were built with water at their core - for industry, goods movement, plumbing, drinking ...  Read More


Time to Make Some Noise


Deborah A. Mans

Baykeeper & Executive Director
NY/NJ Baykeeper

Not many people give a second thought to what happens after they flush the toilet. And, not many people realize that what they just flushed ...
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Innovative Initiatives Can Lead the Way


Anthony Perno

CEO
Cooper’s Ferry Partnership

It doesn’t take much to put stress on Camden, New Jersey’s aging and overtaxed combined sewer system.
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